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Cruise ship returns to dock after fire

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After a fire damaged several decks of the Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas in May, the cause of that fire is still unknown, according to USA Today. An investigation has been going on for weeks as the ship was returned to its port in Baltimore, Md., July 11.

"We've had a lot of investigators on board from many different agencies, (and) we are starting to get some reports in," Royal Caribbean's Vice President for Operations Lisa Lutoff-Perlo told USA Today. "But …I'm honestly not sure we'll ever know what started it." 

The fire did start in a mooring area where ropes are stored near the back of the ship. The article stated the ship suffered significant damage from the fire that took almost two hours for responders to put out.

According to USA Today, the ship was once again deemed safe for passengers after repairs were made after the May fire. The South Pacific Lounge, the ships second-largest entertainment venue, as well as part of the aft promenade will remain closed through the week for additional repairs. Also, several of the crew cabins were still being repaired, forcing workers to bunk in passenger cabins, bumping some guests off the sailing list. 

In light of the fire, repairs to the ship included enhancements and improvements for storage ropes, moving steel hatches and moving items stored on the mooring decks, Lutoff-Perlo told the source.

According to The Associated Press, approximately 2,200 passengers and almost 800 crew members were on the ship when it caught fire May 27. The ship was en route to the Bahamas when the fire erupted and the fire alarm control system alerted crews to the flames.

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